What happened last month in Geneva at the WTO?

What happened last month in Geneva at the WTO? LOTS as it turned out. The outcomes portend new fights on the horizon: on tax justice re: Big Tech; on environmental issues in five plurilateral agreements currently under negotiations in the WTO; upcoming fights on investment and expanding the role of corporations in domestic policymaking on services; and much more.

Join CSO participants in MC12 for a front-line report-back and considerations of important issues moving forward, including for civil society working on non-WTO tax/debt, environmental/climate, investment, and other related issues.

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The outcome of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva in June likely indicates a resurgence in the need to focus civil society and trade union efforts on the WTO.

MC12 concluded with pro-corporate, anti-worker and anti-development outcomes on all major issues of access to medicines, agriculture, fisheries subsidies, digital trade, and the future of the WTO itself.

These outcomes portend new fights on the horizon: on environmental issues in five plurilateral agreements currently under negotiations in the WTO; upcoming fights on investment and expanding the role of corporations in domestic policymaking on services; and much more.

● MC12 and WTO outcomes in context: Deborah James, Facilitator of Our World Is Not for Sale global network, USA

● Process violations and development issues: Kinda Mohamadieh, Senior Researcher & Legal Advisor, TWN, Lebanon

● Access to medicines, Covid-19, and the TRIPS waiver: Fatima Hassan, Health Justice Initiative, South Africa

● Campaigns for Covid-19 Vaccine and Treatment Equity post-TRIPS Waiver: Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health Global Access Project

● Outcomes and prospects for workers and labor: Georgios Altintzis, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels

● Agriculture and food security: Ranja Sengupta, Senior Researcher, TWN, India

● Fisheries subsidies outcomes: Adam Wolfenden, Campaigner with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), Pacific Islands

● Way forward for Africa: rep from SEATINI Uganda

● Tax justice e-commerce: Sofia Scasserra, IMT, UNTREF, Argentina

● MC12 and the environment: Rashmi Banga, UNCTAD

● Multilateralism and corporate rule in services and investment: Jane Kelsey, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Auckland

● National campaigns: Maulana Sidik, Indonesia for Global Justice

● National campaigns: Burghard Ilge, Both Ends, Netherlands

Link below to a July 27 Webinar
WTO MC12: Outcomes and Implications
Jul 27, 2022 01:00 PM

RSVP: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcuytqzIiGt3nTfCDuaAHLy2EpxQcRyNI

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